Regional Transportation Plan
Regional transportation planning in California is a dynamic process. It involves the interaction of federal, state, regional, and local agencies and the consideration of multiple plans and programs. As the county’s state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is tasked with developing a Regional Transportation Plan, or RTP, for the county to provide a basis for the allocation of state and federal transportation funds to transportation projects within the county over a long-range time frame. This 20-year plan addresses all forms of transportation, and includes the priorities and actions embodied in the plans prepared by each of the county’s 12 cities and the County of Monterey.
The Regional Transportation Plan includes the following three main components:
- Policy Element: Identifies goals and policies for how the county will meet its needs.
- Financial Element: Identifies the revenues that they Agency reasonably expects to to be available for projects over the life of the plan.
- Action Element: Includes a list of prioritized transportation projects to serve the county’s long-term needs within the projected “budget” of transportation revenues consistent with goals and objectives established for the plan.
The Transportation Agency released a survey for public participation in defining regional transportation goals and policies. The survey received 242 responses over the course of about 1 month. Questions presented in the survey were asked to the Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors during the October 23, 2019 meeting. Responses from Board members and general public are summarized in the below documents.
- Board Member Responses – Defining Transportation Priorities
- Summary of public responses – Defining Transportation Priorities
Thank you to all who participated in the survey to Define Regional Transportation Priorities. The Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors adopted the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan goals, policy objectives and performance measures on February 26, 2020.
The Transportation Agency coordinates the regional planning process with the Association of Monterey Bay Governments (AMBAG). The Monterey County regional plan is included in the three county Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the Monterey Bay area. These documents are prepared to meet regional and state sustainability goals pursuant to Senate Bill 375, which requires that transportation plans be consistent with a Sustainable Communities Strategy for achieving greenhouse gas emissions targets set for the region. A new Sustainable Communities Strategy will be included in the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which is scheduled to be adopted in June 2022.
The timeline for Monterey County’s Regional Transportation Plan’s development includes:
- 2019: Development of goals, policy objectives and performance measures
- 2020: Updates to city and county project lists for the Regional Plan, and development of financial projections
- 2021: Development of draft Environmental Impact Report
- 2022: Adoption of Final Regional Transportation Plan and associated CEQA Findings
The 2018 Monterey County Regional Transportation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report prepared for the plan by AMBAG can be viewed following the links below. A link to the Monterey Bay 2040: Moving Forward Plan is also included.
- 2040 MTP-SCS-RTP CEQA Findings FINAL
- 2040 MTP-SCS RTP Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program FINAL
- Final 2018 Monterey County RTP
- Cover Page
- Title Page and Acknowledgements
- Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Chapter 1 – Introduction
- Chapter 2 – Policy Element
- Chapter 3 – Financial Element
- Chapter 4 – Transportation Investments
- Chapter 5 – Environmental Documentation
- Appendix A – Public Outreach
- Appendix B – Revenue Sources
- Appendix C – Project List
- Appendix D – RTP Checklist
- Comments Received on the Draft 2018 RTP
An Environmental Impact Report pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act was prepared for the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Sustainable Communities Strategy, which also serves as the Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Monterey County RTP. The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Sustainable Communities Strategy, along with information about public hearings, is available at: http://www.ambag.org/programs-services/planning/metro-transport-plan/2040-MTP-SCS
Follow the below link for updates on the development of AMBAG’s 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy: https://ambag.org/programs-services/planning/metro-transport-plan/2045-metropolitan-transportation-plansustainable
Madilyn Jacobsen is the Agency’s Regional Transportation Plan contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-4402, or via email at: email@example.com